Islam is not a “religion”
The Meaning of Man
This World and the Hereafter
Islam, the Message
Development and Underdevelopment
Justice and Spirituality
Defamatory Campaigns against Islam
Modern man no longer wonders!
The “what” and the “why”
O Bewildered Man!
Dear brothers and sisters,
The contemporary western hearer would almost decline to hear some Islamic terms unless the latter accept to be stripped of their original content, adapt and follow the course of the western contemporary discourse. Talking of this world and the Hereafter as creatures and houses one leading to another is a discourse that is not accepted by the western rationalism that believes only in the visible, the audible, the palpable, and the liable to experimentation in scientific laboratories. The western modern science is then interested only in what it sees and hears of the affairs of this world. As for the Hereafter, it is unseen and, therefore, absent, inexistent. That is why it does not believe in it.
Speaking of God—Glorified be He, of the Messengers and of their Missions, those are topics that are not appreciated by the contemporary western hearer who rejects God—Exalted be He—knowingly or unknowingly. Therefore we must, O brothers and sisters to whom I have the honor to speak in this conference, arm ourselves with enough patience in order to listen attentively to the Message of Islam.
Let us then recapitulate. We have thus discarded the word “religion” and the blurry concepts that stuck to it owing to the West’s unfortunate epic with the Church. We have also cast aside the pseudo meaning of man as it is conceived by the secular rationalists who do not believe in God and in the Hereafter. We have spoken of two opposite concepts of which only a half exists in the western civilization and culture: this world and the Hereafter. When we read the Qur’ān and the sunna, we find that this world and the Hereafter are inseparable creatures, adjacent houses one leading to the other.
Then what effort should a mind exert that has been shaped and educated by the western secular culture in order to accept that there is a temporal life in this world and an eternal life in the Hereafter? What effort should it exert especially if it has been formed and educated from its early childhood in a purely western school or a western-style secular school wherein it hears nothing of something called the Hereafter?
The western hearer may have attended the Church or mixed with the Christian clergy who talk of heaven as a hazy, fuzzy, untouchable, indescribable and mysterious kingdom whose secrets are decipherable only for the initiates. On the other hand, when Muslims talk of the Hereafter their account is based on an accurate, minute description of such world as of death—the bridge from this worldly life to the Hereafter—to what comes after death: resurrection, judgment, Paradise, or Hell. All such facts are presented with minute details which any seeker of the truth about his existence cannot find anywhere else aside from the Holy Qur’ān. One then must exert a great deal of effort on his recalcitrant ego to calm down its restlessness and urge it to listen attentively to the Message of the Qur’ān, the Message of Islam.